Editor’s Notebook: 10/15/12


Jeff Genung
• We cover a lot of fires here at The Evening Sun, of course, most of them tragic – but none so heartbreaking as those that hit close to home. And pretty much every Friday afternoon, the ES crew calls Fred’s Inn home for a few hours. It’s alway sad to see a local business lose so much so quickly, but the Fred’s Inn fire Sunday was a particularly heartfelt tragedy for me and my intrepid reporting team. For the better part of the 2000s, our weekly staff lunch ritual has alternated between the Canasawacta Country Club in the warmer months and Fred’s Inn in the colder (which as you know is not an equal split around here). While our hearts sank with news of yesterday’s fire, we can’t even imagine what the Cirello family, its employees and friends must be going through with such a tremendous loss. Here’s hoping that the majority of the building can be saved, a local landmark restored, and our favorite watering hole … err, restaurant … back in business soon.
• This weekend was also the 14th Annual Pumpkin Festival. I’m not going to lie and say I went, but I did look at Frank’s pictures. I can’t even begin to imagine how hard it is for this festival’s organizers to keep things going year after year, as Mother Nature certainly gave this event a beating over the last dozen or so. This time, they moved it up a couple weeks, hoping for better weather. That, they got. Unfortunately, it also meant taking most of the “pumpkins” out of Pumpkin Festival, and cutting the co-occurring YMCA Halloween Parade – one of its biggest draws – from the festivities (that one will still happen, but closer to … well, Halloween). Still, there were plenty of activities, rides, games and contests – all in the spirit of autumn. So, my hat’s off to this year’s festival organizers – volunteers, all – for thinking outside the box and trying to keep this family-friendly festival going.
• Here’s a cool one. Normally, Chenango’s own paparazzi Frank Speziale is behind the camera, but every once in a while someone will train the lens on him. This time, it was Patricia Fiske of Coventry’s hometown website, www.thecoventryvillegazette.com. Last week, Patricia sent me a few links to video she’d taken during Coventryville’s most recent Civil War commemoration event, and Frank, while doing his job for me, appears in some of the clips. Talk about rallying the troops, Frank! Check out the videos on YouTube by clicking here.

• We cover a lot of fires here at The Evening Sun, of course, most of them tragic – but none so heartbreaking as those that hit close to home. And pretty much every Friday afternoon, the ES crew calls Fred’s Inn home for a few hours. It’s alway sad to see a local business lose so much so quickly, but the Fred’s Inn fire Sunday was a particularly heartfelt tragedy for me and my intrepid reporting team. For the better part of the 2000s, our weekly staff lunch ritual has alternated between the Canasawacta Country Club in the warmer months and Fred’s Inn in the colder (which as you know is not an equal split around here). While our hearts sank with news of yesterday’s fire, we can’t even imagine what the Cirello family, its employees and friends must be going through with such a tremendous loss. Here’s hoping that the majority of the building can be saved, a local landmark restored, and our favorite watering hole … err, restaurant … back in business soon.

• This weekend was also the 14th Annual Pumpkin Festival. I’m not going to lie and say I went, but I did look at Frank’s pictures. I can’t even begin to imagine how hard it is for this festival’s organizers to keep things going year after year, as Mother Nature certainly gave this event a beating over the last dozen or so. This time, they moved it up a couple weeks, hoping for better weather. That, they got. Unfortunately, it also meant taking most of the “pumpkins” out of Pumpkin Festival, and cutting the co-occurring YMCA Halloween Parade – one of its biggest draws – from the festivities (that one will still happen, but closer to … well, Halloween). Still, there were plenty of activities, rides, games and contests – all in the spirit of autumn. So, my hat’s off to this year’s festival organizers – volunteers, all – for thinking outside the box and trying to keep this family-friendly festival going.

• Here’s a cool one. Normally, Chenango’s own paparazzi Frank Speziale is behind the camera, but every once in a while someone will train the lens on him. This time, it was Patricia Fiske of Coventry’s hometown website, www.thecoventryvillegazette.com. Last week, Patricia sent me a few links to video she’d taken during Coventryville’s most recent Civil War commemoration event, and Frank, while doing his job for me, appears in some of the clips. Talk about rallying the troops, Frank! Check out the videos on YouTube by clicking here.